LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-On Tuesday, Little Rock Board of Directors passed the 2020 budget.
“It’s a huge relief I think it showed that we all came together as a united group,” Director Capi Peck said.
It’s the first budget for Mayor Frank Scott, Jr.
“It’s a humbling experience to serve the City of Little Rock,” Scott said.
He’s worked on the $276 million budget for weeks.
“I know he’s relieved, I think he’s a little bit elated, but I think this might the first time we’ve had a balanced budget this early ever in the history of the cities,” Peck said.
There will be 14 new waste disposal positions created.
The Little Rock Police Department will see about a $2 million increase.
Rock Region Metro will see a more than three quarter million dollar raise. Some of the money will be transferred from the city’s street and turn-back funds.
“It’s a balanced budget focuses on our high priorities which are quality of life, public safety, education, economic development, housing and infrastructure,” Scott said.
The Pulaski County Jail will see about a 25 percent jump in funding.
The Little Rock Zoo would cash in about $339,000 in funding.
Funding for golf courses will reduce more than half a million dollars.
“We might of had some differences here or there, but the Mayor was very amenable listening to our concerns as well as the other directors and other departments,” Peck said.
The budget will create new opportunities for the City of Little Rock.
“It feels good to be moving forward, he’s got a lot of his initiatives he’s going to be able to fund and I’m very optimistic about 2020,” Peck said.
Board members tabled the Glass Recycling Ordinance. It would add a $3.39 fee for people in the City of Little Rock for glass recycling.
Board members will discuss it on January 7, 2020.
To read more about the 2020 budget, click here.
Mayor Frank Scott Jr released a statement, saying:
“Tonight, the Little Rock Board of Directors passed the 2020 budget, which is balanced, funds our priorities, and is fiscally responsible. I am appreciative of the City Board of Directors and count it an honor to work with this group to help Little Rock reach its full potential. Serving the people of this great city is an humbling experience, and I am thankful for a Board that is willing to go above and beyond for the residents of Little Rock.
“This budget moves our city forward by funding on-going expenses with on-going revenue and earmarks dollars for our top priorities-economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, quality of life and public safety. Our focus on education, for the first time, allows Little Rock to implement a Community Schools Model that will provide wrap-around services at our most challenged schools to ensure our most precious assets have the necessary tools they need to succeed.
“Our future is bright, and we look forward to helping create new opportunities to Unite Little Rock and make our city one of the greatest in the new South.”